Episode 54 features Christian Brother Brandy, a very popular brand. This is the "VS", or Very Smooth. The bottle for the tasting is 750mL at 40% ABV, or 80 proof and sells for about $12.
Enjoy this episode with some Christian Brothers neat or on the rocks!
Christian Brother's official website: https://christianbrothersbrandy.com/ (https://christianbrothersbrandy.com/)
Brief Historical Timeline:
1882 - The Christian Brothers order in the USA is founded in Martinez, California
1930 - The Christian Brothers relocate to Napa Valley, California
1935 - Brother Timothy begins making wine for the order at age 25
1940 - Brother Timothy, as cellar master, introduces brandy to the order's wine production
1950s - The Christian Brothers are a major supplier of table wine to the USA
1988 - The Christian Brothers made about $70 million in revenues from their brandy sales.
1989- The Christian Brothers sell their wine and brandy business to Heublein, for a rumored $150 million
1996 - Heublein is rolled into International Distillers and Vintners, as part of Diageo.
1999 - Heaven Hill Brands acquires The Christian Brothers Brandies.
The spirit is great neat or on the rocks, but works well in any cocktail that calls for brandy.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brandy (Wikipedia Article on Brandy)
https://www.heavenhill.com/brands-detail.php?brandid=christian-brothers-brandies (Heaven Hill Brands listing on The Christian Brothers)
https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-1989-05-17-fi-264-story.html (LA Times Article from 1989 on the Sale to Heublein)
https://www.winespectator.com/articles/brother-timothy-a-california-wine-pioneer-dies-at-94-2295 (Wine Spectator Article on Brother Timothy's Death)
https://www.brothersvocation.org/ (De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools Website)
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